There are some things in life that you can almost always count on. If it’s a long weekend in Seattle, it will usually rain. If Donald Trump is on TV, I am almost always going to mute it and if Lights is playing live in your city, she is going to rock it.
I had already seen Lights play live twice before her December 5th show at Pyramid Brewery’s Snow Cap Party in the SODO district of Seattle. The first time I saw her, she was promoting her brand new album at the time, Siberia, (one of my favorite albums of all-time) and playing at El Corazon in Seattle. Although El Corazon is not one of my favorite venues to go to, but her set was incredible. A year or so later, I saw her play Bumbershoot and once again she impressed. She even threw in a cover of “Heart of Glass” that seriously competed with the original.
Heading into the Snow Cap Party, I was pretty excited. As someone who loves the ski and snowboard scene here in the Pacific Northwest, I am always happy to check out something that benefits a cause like the Northwest Avalanche Center. Being that I live a little ways north of Seattle, traffic can often dictate when I arrive. For this event, I managed to get there just in the nick of time, as Lights was just being introduced as I got settled in.
The stage was decorated with icy blue and white portions surrounding her band which fit in perfectly with the overall vibe of the Snow Cap Party. Basically two giant tents featuring winter-like projections on the ceilings, as well as ice sculptures on the grounds. As I have come to expect from the Canadian pop star, she started the night with a whole lot of energy and continued to turn it up as the set progressed. Lights performed hits from all three of her albums including some kind of new takes on tracks from The Listening that were absolutely brilliant.
The only downside to her set had to do a bit with how the tents were set up. Although the ambiance that Pyramid provided was really cool, they didn’t put much thought into the concert itself. To the right of the stage, they even had a TV on with college football on and it seemed at times that just as many people were talking and cheering about that than they were actually focused on what was on stage. At one point Lights even asked the audience, “Who out there is listening?”
Let me make it clear that it didn’t come across as her being annoyed by any stretch, she isn’t one to be that way, but I couldn’t help wonder if she was hearing the same thing I was. It seems like this sort of problem could be easily remedied by only having TVs in the first tent.
After Lights finished up, The Mowgli’s hit the stage. Even if you’ve never heard of the Southern California, alt-rock band, you have more than likely heard some of their more popular tracks including “I’m Good”, “The Great Divide”, and a song that has been on my workout playlist for a while “San Francisco”. You never know what to expect from a band as large as The Mowgli’s when it comes to a live show, but they seem to have it down to a science. They got every member very much involved at one point or another. It’s hard to follow up a performer like Lights, but The Mowgli’s definitely impressed me with their set and I look forward to hopefully seeing them again in the future.
In summary, The Snow Cap Party featured some awesome music for a really great cause and besides a few small tweaks that could be made in the future, I thoroughly enjoyed my evening.
Also if you are interested in supporting Northwest Avalanche Center visit their website: HERE.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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